Archives and Special Collections

Archives and Special Collections materials are available to NYUAD students, faculty, and staff, as well as qualified researchers from the UAE and abroad. Our goal is to provide access to rare and unique primary source materials that support the teaching and research needs of students and faculty, and promote scholarship and interest in the history of the UAE, the Gulf, the Arabian Peninsula, and the wider region. In addition, Archives and Special Collections also houses the University Archives of NYUAD, collecting and preserving records that document the history and development of this campus.

What Materials Comprise Special Collections?

As primary source materials, the holdings of Archives and Special Collections include rare books, maps, brochures, pamphlets, photographs, posters, oral histories, correspondence, diaries, personal documents, films, and sound recordings, among other materials. The characteristics that they share are that they were usually created by eyewitnesses to or participants in historic events or movements, and such materials initially served a different purpose than the scholarly and informational purposes we use them for today.

  • Rare books
  • Maps
  • Brochures
  • Pamphlets
  • Photographs
  • Posters
  • Oral histories
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Personal documents
  • Films
  • Sound recordings

Five Thematic Areas

Maps and Mapmaking

Tracing the evolution of maps of Arabia and its adjacent regions over the past five centuries.

Photobook Collection

This collection of over 300 titles reflects the growing interest in photography as an art form within the UAE.

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Campus Center (C2), Floor 3
Between Library Administration and the Campus Technology Center, in the back of the library

Reading Room Walk-in Hours
Monday to Friday: 11am-2pm, during the academic year.
Appointments are required outside of these hours. Email:

Brad Bauer
Head, Archives and Special Collections
Lauren Kata
Assistant Librarian for Archives and Special Collections

Maria P. Chaves
Special Collections Reading Room Supervisor and Preservation Specialist